Protests in downtown Los Angeles against police brutality turned violent late Wednesday evening as demonstrators and officers clashed in the Third Street tunnel and an unknown number of arrests were made.
Officers set up skirmish lines at both sides of the tunnel and corralled protesters, who began fighting with police in riot gear for a brief period before pulling back around 11:10 p.m.
Prior to the tunnel clashes, some protesters dressed in all black vandalized the U.S. Bank Tower, located at 633 W. Fifth St., spraying graffiti on the building’s glass doors.
As protesters moved away from the area and through the Third Street tunnel, Los Angeles police officers could be seen moving in and blocking both sides of the tunnel, holding the group in the tunnel.
Police used non-lethal means to take some protesters into custody, ABC7 reported.
Earlier, about 300 people protested outside the Hall of Justice, near Second and Temple streets around 6 p.m., then marched around City Hall and Los Angeles Police Department headquarters after 10 p.m., many shouting anti-police slogans.
Los Angeles police officers, some in riot gear, stood watch behind metal barriers outside police headquarters.
The protests, which have taken place for three consecutive nights, were focused on the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the shooting deaths of two protesters and the wounding of another during demonstrations in that city.
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